Research Ethics


Dalhousie Research Ethics remains operational during the COVID-19 emergency. Board members and staff are working remotely. The REB continues to review new and ongoing research. There may be delays in the processing of applications as priority is being placed on COVID-19 related research.

Notwithstanding Dalhousie REB approval, any research conducted during the COVID-19 emergency must comply with federal and provincial public health advice as well as directives issued by Dalhousie University (or other jurisdictions/facilities where the research will occur) regarding preventing the spread of COVID-19.

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Governing ethical research conduct

Dalhousie has two research ethics boards that review all faculty and thesis research involving human participants, human biological material or human data:

    • Health Sciences Research Ethics Board
    • Social Sciences & Humanities Research Ethics Board

Faculty and students submitting their research projects for human ethics review must prepare their submissions using the appropriate forms and guidance documents.

The work of Research Ethics, as well as the work of the research ethics boards, is described in the Research Ethics Annual Report [PDF - 413kB].

Dalhousie's policy on the ethical conduct of research involving humans

This policy sets out the guiding principles that govern the ethical conduct of human research. It describes the various components of the university’s human research ethics review process, which supports the implementation of these principles. The policy's jurisdiction is also outlined, as are the requirements for institutional compliance with national standards. Read the policy on the ethical conduct of research involving humans.

All those conducting research with human participants, biological material or data must be familiar with and follow the above university policy above, as well as the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS): Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans 500 Internal Server Error

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Course on research ethics

Researchers are strongly encouraged to complete the online tutorial, TCPS 2: Course on Research Ethics (CORE). CORE was designed to support the Canadian research community’s implementation of the second edition of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2).